A total of $25.4 million in funding was approved for the following 26 projects in March 2014. Project partners are contributing $56.3 million in matching funds to affect 119,812 acres of habitat. These projects are considered part of the Fiscal Year 2014/Window 2 grants cycle. This information is accurate as of the date of approval. For further information about specific grant projects, please contact the grantee listed in individual project summaries.

ARKANSAS
Project: Arkansas Mississippi Alluvial Valley Protection, Restoration and Enhancement.
Location: Clay, Prairie and White counties.
Congressional District: 1.
Grantee: Arkansas Game and Fish Commission.
Contact: Luke Naylor, lwnaylor@agfc.state.ar.us
Partners: The Nature Conservancy; Wetlands America Trust.
Approved: March 2014.
Grant: $1,000,000.
Matching Funds: $2,892,963.
Acres:1,806.
Joint Venture Region: Lower Mississippi Valley.
Flyway: Mississippi.
BCR: 26-Mississippi Alluvial Valley.
This project builds on prior and current NAWCA-supported efforts to protect, restore and enhance wetland habitats in the Lower Mississippi Alluvial Valley in Arkansas. Partners will use grant and match funds to acquire 45 acres of palustrine emergent wetlands to expand a protected area and lay the foundation for future site restoration.  Funds will also be used to acquire 541 acres of palustrine emergent wetlands; permanently protect 620 acres of palustrine forested wetlands in private ownership via conservation easement; and restore 600 acres of palustrine forested wetlands on a wildlife management area.  Waterfowl and other wetland-dependent migratory birds will benefit from increased foraging, nesting or roosting habitat.
CALIFORNIA
Project: California Delta and Yolo Basin Habitat Project, Phase II.
Location: Contra Costa, Sacramento, Solano and Yolo counties.
Congressional District: 1, 3 and 10.
Grantee: California Waterfowl Association.
Contact: Robert Eddings, reddings@calwaterfowl.org.
Partners: Solano County Water Agency; California Department of Fish and Wildlife; Holland Tract; Glide In; Senator Outing; Tyler Island; Channel Ranch.
Approved: March 2014.
Grant: $1,000,000.
Matching Funds: $2,016,079.
Acres: 2,669.
Joint Venture Region: Central Valley.
Flyway: Pacific.
BCR: 32-Coastal California.
This project encompasses two major drainage basins within the Central Valley, where it is estimated that 60 percent of the Pacific Flyway’s waterfowl population, representing 20 percent of the continental waterfowl population, winters or migrates through.  This project will contribute to achieving regional conservation goals by restoring 403 acres and enhancing 2,266 acres to benefit waterfowl and shorebirds.
Project: Northern Tulare/San Joaquin Basins V.
Location: Fresno and Merced counties.
Congressional District: 18 and 20.
Grantee: Ducks Unlimited, Inc.
Contact: Jeff McCreary, jmccreary@ducks.org.
Partners: California Wildlife Conservation Board; California Dept. of Fish and Wildlife; Grassland Water District; Turlock Cattle Co., LLC; Bowles Farming; Ramacciotti Duck Club.
Approved: March 2014.
Grant: $1,000,000.
Matching Funds: $1,650,635.
Acres: 2,708.
Joint Venture Region: Central Valley.
Flyway: Pacific.
BCR: 32-Coastal California.
California’s Central Valley is a critical wintering area for waterfowl in North America.  To support healthy waterfowl populations, the wetland conservation work in this project includes restoring and enhancing 5,315 acres of existing managed wetlands to provide increased, optimal habitat for wintering waterfowl.  The work will include restoration and enhancement of wetlands and associated habitats in the San Joaquin Basin, specifically within the Grasslands Ecological Area.  This project will also improve seasonal wetlands at the Mendota Wildlife Area tract, the largest remaining wetland complex in the Tulare Basin, and restore semi-permanent wetlands and associated riparian and uplands on the Merced River Riparian tract.
Project: San Francisco Bay Cordgrass Enhancement Project.
Location: Alameda, San Mateo and Santa Clara counties.
Congressional District: 13, 14 and 15.
Grantee: California State Coastal Conservancy.
Contact: Marilyn Latta, mlatta@scc.ca.gov.
Partners: California State Wildlife Conservation Board; California Department of Fish and Wildlife; San Mateo County Mosquito Abatement and Control District; City of San Leandro; East Bay Regional Park District; The Watershed Nursery; Shelterbelt Builders, Inc.
Approved: March 2014.
Grant: $1,000,000.
Matching Funds: $1,683,421.
Acres: 2,115.
Joint Venture Region: San Francisco Bay.
Flyway: Pacific.
BCR: 32-Coastal California.
Project partners will enhance 2,115 acres of tidal marshes and mudflats at 8 tracts.  The project area is part of the San Francisco Bay ecosystem that provides critical foraging, roosting, nesting, breeding, and high-tide habitat for waterfowl, wading birds, shorebirds, fish and other water-associated wildlife. Native seedlings will be propagated from native seeds collected from local donor marshes and grown at local native plant nurseries.  High tide refuge islands will be built in areas of dense channel networks to provide suitable conditions for re-vegetation plantings on the islands to establish.
Project: Suisun Wetlands Conservation, Phase I.
Location: Solano County.
Congressional District: 7 and 10.
Grantee: California Waterfowl Association.
Contact: Robert Eddings, reddings@calwaterfowl.org.
Partners: California Wildlife Conservation Fund; California Conservation Fund; California Department of Fish and Wildlife; Alburger; Antioch Goldeneye; Bent Barrel; Can Can Flatlander; Cordelia Gun Club; Family Club; Grizzly Fairview; Golden Gate; RD 2112; Sprig Farms; Stolte Farms; Tree Slough Farms; Web Foot.
Approved: March 2014.
Grant: $1,000,000.
Matching Funds: $2,023,104.
Acres: 5,215.
Joint Venture Region: Central Valley.
Flyway: Pacific.
BCR: 32-Coastal California.
The Suisun Marsh is a 116,000-acre natural wetland complex comprising tidal sloughs, bays, managed wetlands and associated uplands just west of the confluence of the Sacramento and San Joaquin rivers.  It is the largest contiguous brackish marsh in the United States, representing about 12 percent of the remaining natural wetlands in California.  Project partners will acquire an estimated 1,730 acres of wetlands and associated uplands, and enhance an estimated 3,895 acres of wetlands and associated uplands.
Project: Tulare Basin Wetlands Restoration III.
Location: Fresno, Kern, Kings and Tulare counties.
Congressional District: 18, 19, 20, 21 and 22.
Grantee: Ducks Unlimited, Inc.
Contact: Jeff McCreary, jmccreary@ducks.org.
Partners: Bennett-Fit Wetlands Forever; California Wildlife Conservation Board; California Department of Fish and Wildlife; Semitropic Water Storage District; Tranquility Duck Club.
Approved: March 2014.
Grant: $1,000,000.
Matching Funds: $2,044,902.
Acres: 1,077.
Joint Venture Region: Central Valley.
Flyway: Pacific.
BCR: 32-Coastal California.
This project represents phase three of a multi-phase initiative to conserve wetlands and associated habitats in the Tulare Basin, which once comprised the largest contiguous tract of freshwater wetland habitat west of the Mississippi River.  Project work will restore and enhance heavily impacted habitats by developing new sources of water and improving water conveyance, diversifying pond bottom vegetation movement and improving levee slopes, and restoring vital riparian and associated upland habitats.  The project area is a critical wintering area for waterfowl in the Pacific Flyway and provides an essential migration corridor and stop-over habitat for waterfowl traveling south to habitats in Mexico and Central America.
DELAWARE
Project: Delaware’s Declining Wetland Habitats.
Location: New Castle, Kent and Sussex counties.
Congressional District:1.
Grantees: Ducks Unlimited Inc.
Contact: Jake McPherson, jmcpherson@ducks.org.
Partners: Delaware Department of Agriculture; Shoot & Bull Sportsman Association; Delaware Wild Lands.
Approved: March 2014.
Grant: $1,000,000.
Matching Funds: $2,046,510.
Acres: 2,067.
Joint Venture Region: Atlantic Coast.
Flyway: Atlantic.
BCR: 30-New England-Mid-Atlantic Coast.
Project partners will protect, restore and enhance 2,067 acres of wetlands and associated uplands throughout Delaware, on private lands and public access areas.  Project activities will reduce the rate of wetland loss and conversion seen in recent years and address habitat protection, restoration and enhancement goals of several national and international bird management plans.  The project area is an important part of a major migration corridor for waterfowl and other wetland-associated migratory birds in the Atlantic Flyway.  Restoration and protection of these habitats will provide migratory stopover and wintering habitat, and breeding and foraging habitat for waterfowl, passerines, shorebirds and other waterbirds.
INDIANA
Project: Patoka River NWR Expansion.
Location: Gibson and Pike counties.
Congressional District: 8.
Grantee: Ducks Unlimited, Inc.
Contact: Michael Sertle, msertle@ducks.org.
Partners: Sycamore Land Trust; Bicentennial Nature Trust; Peabody Energy Corporation; Indiana Wildlife Federation; The Nature Conservancy; Wildlife, Land, and Resource Management, LLC; Izaak Walton League of America – Indiana Chapter; Evansville Audubon Society; Friends of Patoka River National Wildlife Refuge.
Approved: March 2014.
Grant: $1,000,000.
Matching Funds: $2,171,191.
Acres: 2,568.
Joint Venture: Upper Mississippi River and Great Lakes Regiony.
Flyway: Mississippi.
BCR: 24-Central Hardwoods.
This project focuses on wetland and upland habitat protection, restoration and enhancement within Patoka River National Wildlife Refuge.  Project activities will provide important migration, wintering and breeding areas for waterfowl, benefit rare and endangered species of wildlife and fish associated with large river ecosystems, improve water quality, and help stimulate local economies through recreation on project lands.
LOUISIANA
Project: Island Road Marsh Terracing.
Location: Terrebonne and Lafourche parishes.
Congressional District:1.
Grantee: Ducks Unlimited, Inc.
Contact: Eric Held,eheld@ducks.org.
Partners: Terrebonne Parish Consolidated Government; Louisiana Land & Exploration; Lafourche Parish Government; United Houma Nation; Bayou Grace; Restore or Retreat.
Approved: March 2014.
Grant: $704,000.
Matching Funds: $1,408,200.
Acres: 938.
Joint Venture: Gulf Coast.
Flyway: Mississippi.
BCR: 37-Gulf Coastal Prairie.
This project will affect a total of 938 acres of intermediate to brackish coastal marsh, benefiting a diverse array of migratory birds and other wildlife in the Gulf Coast Joint Venture’s Mississippi River Coastal Wetlands Initiative Area.  Restoration work completed through the project will promote the increased production of desirable plant communities and provide benefits to priority migratory birds.   Grant and match funds will pay for costs associated with building 60,000 linear feet of marsh terraces, and for plantings to stabilize the terraces on 799 acres in Terrebonne Parish adjacent to Pointe-aux-Chenes Wildlife Management Area southeast of Houma.
Project: Tom’s Bayou.
Location: Cameron and Vermilion parishes.
Congressional District: 1, 2, 3, 7.
Grantee: Ducks Unlimited, Inc.
Contact: Jerry Holden, jholden@ducks.org.
Partners: Coastal Protection & Resources Authority; Wetlands America Trust; Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.
Approved: March 2014.
Grant: $761,675.
Matching Funds: $2,165,093.
Acres: 8,816.
Joint Venture: Gulf Coast.
Flyway: Mississippi.
BCR: 37-Gulf Coastal Prairie.
An estimated 25 percent of coastal marsh within the Louisiana Chenier Plain has been lost through conversion to open water, diminishing wetland values and functions through saltwater intrusion.  This project will protect existing healthy marsh from extended periods of high salinity or high water levels, and help restore degraded marsh to benefit all marsh-associated species of birds, fish and other wildlife by restoring the hydrology on 7,500 acres of estuarine intertidal wetlands in Vermilion Parish.  The project will also restore approximately 5 miles of coastal shoreline using dredge sands from nearly 20 miles offshore in Cameron Parish, resulting in 1,316 (937 wetland, 379 upland) acres of improved coastal marsh habitat.  Species that will benefit from this restoration effort include the Interior Least Tern, Piping Plover and Peregrine Falcon. Maintaining the ecological functionality of coastal wetlands provides societal benefits because wetlands store storm surge from major tropical storms, and filter nutrients from runoff.
MAINE
Project: Kennebec River Estuary: Phase V.
Location: Sagadahoc County.
Congressional District: 1.
Grantee: Kennebec Estuary Land Trust.
Contact: Carrie Kinne, ckinne@kennebecestuary.org.
Partners: The Nature Conservancy; Maine Coast Heritage Trust; Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife; City of Bath.
Approved: March 2014.
Grant: $934,000.
Matching Funds: $3,365,000.
Acres: 395.
Joint Venture Region: Atlantic Coast.
Flyway: Atlantic.
BCR: 14-Atlantic Northern Forest.
The purpose of this project is to protect lands for permanent conservation within the Merrymeeting Bay/Lower Kennebec River drainage, building on previous NAWCA grants and ensuring a continuing investment in the conservation of the Kennebec Estuary. This project will protect 395 acres, adding protection to areas where significant conservation has already occurred. The Kennebec River Estuary is one of the premier waterfowl staging grounds on the Atlantic Flyway. It represents the northernmost migratory waterfowl concentration area in the flyway, hosting thousands of ducks, geese, and other birds each spring and fall. The extensive mudflats and emergent vegetation, high productivity and relatively undeveloped shoreline contribute to the importance of the estuary for waterfowl.
Project: Maine Coastal Refuges.
Location: Hancock, Washington and York counties.
Congressional District: 1 and 2.
Grantee: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Contact: Heather Ruel, heather_ruel@fws.gov.
Partners: York Land Trust; Kittery Land Trust; Maine Coast Heritage Trust; National Fish and Wildlife Foundation; Pew Charitable Trusts; Biddeford Pool Land Trust; Kennebunkport Conservation Trust; Private Landowner; Friends of Maine’s Seabird Islands; Ducks Unlimited.
Approved: March 2014.
Grant: $1,000,000.
Matching Funds: $2,536,544.
Acres: 581.
Joint Venture Region: Atlantic Coast.
Flyway: Atlantic.
BCR: 30-New England/Mid-Atlantic Coast
The Maine Coastal Refuges Project will protect 581 acres within the approved acquisition boundaries for three national wildlife refuges.  The project area includes several key habitats for high priority species, including the Saltmarsh Sparrow, which is the only obligate salt marsh landbird in the eastern U.S.  Project tracts contain high densities and/or habitat quality for these species, critical buffers for high-quality habitats (which are vulnerable to development), while also providing for upland migration of salt marshes as sea-level rises in the future.  Hundreds of other species benefit from these habitats.
MARYLAND
Project: Pocomoke River Partnership III.
Location: Wicomico and Worcester counties.
Congressional District: 1.
Grantee: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Chesapeake Bay Field Office.
Contact: Daniel Murphy, dan_murphy@fws.gov.
Partners: Maryland Department of Natural Resources; The Nature Conservancy.
Approved: March 2014.
Grant: $1,000,000.
Matching Funds: $2,880,000.
Acres: 1,600.
Joint Venture Region: Atlantic Coast.
Flyway: Atlantic.
BCR: 30-New England/Mid-Atlantic Coast.
This is Phase III of five anticipated NAWCA-supported projects that contribute to a long-term effort to protect and restore wetlands in the Maryland portion of the Pocomoke River watershed, a major watershed of the Chesapeake Bay. This project is a pivotal piece of an ongoing private-public conservation effort to protect high quality flyway and nesting habitat for a diverse array of migrant neotropical songbird, shorebird and waterfowl species.  Phase III will add 1,600 acres of permanently protected wetland/upland migratory bird habitat: 900 acres to the Pocomoke Forest and 700 acres to the Nassawango Creek Preserve.  A total of 75 acres of wetland will be enhanced.
MICHIGAN
Project: Michigan Upper Peninsula Coastal Wetland Project III.
Location: 15 counties.
Congressional District:1.
Grantee: Upper Peninsula Resource Conservation & Development Council.
Contact: Darcy Rutkowski, darcy.rutkowski@uprcd.org.
Partners: Ducks Unlimited; Keweenaw Bay Indian Community; Michigan Department of Natural Resources; Michigan Nature Association; Raber Area Sportsmen’s Club; private landowners; Sault Area Sportsmen’s Club; Straits Area Sportsmen’s Club; The Nature Conservancy.
Approved: March 2014.
Grant: $1,000,000.
Matching Funds: $2,192,769.
Acres: 3,727.
Joint Venture: Upper Mississippi River and Great Lakes Regiony.
Flyway: Mississippi.
BCR: 12-Boreal Hardwood Transition.
This project targets habitat gaps on an otherwise well-protected landscape and addresses specific habitat management limitations to maintain long-term management at the two most productive examples of intensively managed wetland complexes in the Upper Peninsula.  Partners will protect 2,272 acres and enhance 1,455 acres, including 2,143 acres of wetlands.  This project will also secure approximately 13 miles of riparian waterways and protect an additional 8 miles of migration and breeding habitats along beaches, lakeshores, islands and Great Lakes shorelines.
MICHIGAN, WISCONSIN
Project: Door to Garden Peninsula Coastal.
Location: Delta County, Michigan, and Door County, Wisconsin.
Congressional District: MI-1 and WI-8.
Grantee: The Nature Conservancy; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Contact: Michelle M. Kille, mkille@tnc.org.
Partners: Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources; private landowners; Door County Land Trust.
Approved: March 2014.
Grant: $1,000,000.
Matching Funds: $3,412,845.
Acres:1,872.
Joint Venture: Upper Mississippi River and Great Lakes Regiony.
Flyway: Mississippi.
BCR: 23-Prairie Hardwood Transition.
This project begins a multi-year initiative to protect, restore and enhance coastal wetlands and associated upland habitats along a key bird migration corridor in the Lake Michigan Basin, from the northern tip of the Door Peninsula of Wisconsin to the Garden Peninsula of Michigan. Partners will protect 1,319 acres through fee title acquisition and enhance 553 acres by removing non-native vegetation and executing management agreements. Activities will occur within a significant bird migration corridor, near- and off- shore waterfowl overwintering area, and high quality Great Lakes coastal wetlands that provide stopover areas for many migrant landbirds, waterbirds, waterfowl and shorebirds.
MINNESOTA
Project: Border Prairie Wetlands III.
Location: Meeker, Kandiyohi, Stearns, Todd, Pope, Otter Tail, Mahnomen and Becker counties.
Congressional District: 6 and 7.
Grantee: Pheasants Forever.
Contact: Jess Birken, jbirken@pheasantsforever.org.
Partners: Pheasants Forever; Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Funds; Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources; The Nature Conservancy; Ice Castle Fish Houses; Bogenbrook, Inc.
Approved: March 2014.
Grant: $1,000,000.
Matching Funds: $2,299,302.
Acres: 1,627.
Joint Venture Region: Prairie Pothole.
Flyway: Mississippi.
BCR: 11-Prairie Potholes.
This proposal brings partners together to accelerate protection and restoration of Northern Tallgrass Prairie, prairie wetlands and associated wildlife. Partners will protect 338 acres of wetlands and 995 acres of adjacent uplands critical for nesting waterfowl and other wildlife.  By protecting those acres and restoring 44 acres of wetlands and 250 acres of uplands on permanently protected lands, partners will optimize waterfowl production and enhance grassland bird habitats, benefitting species such as mallards, teal, American Wigeon, Northern Shovelers and other waterfowl and water-dependent birds.
MINNESOTA, NORTH DAKOTA
Project: Glaciated Wetlands and Prairies of ND and MN – IV.
Location: 48 counties in North Dakota and Minnesota.
Congressional District: ND-1 and MN-7.
Grantee: Ducks Unlimited, Inc.
Contact: Randy W. Renner, rrenner@ducks.org.
Partners: The Nature Conservancy; private individuals.
Approved: March 2014.
Grant: $1,000,000.
Matching Funds: $1,135,725.
Acres: 4,050.
Joint Venture Region: Prairie Pothole.
Flyway: Central.
BCR: 11-Prairie Potholes.
This is phase four of a project designed to protect wetland and grassland communities using a landscape-level approach to planning.  It is also the third project to span the borders of North Dakota and Minnesota in the Prairie Pothole Joint Venture to protect critical habitat for migratory birds.  Through this project, 3,456 acres of native grassland and 594 acres of wetland habitat will be secured by perpetual easements, resulting in significant benefits for grassland birds.  Protection of native prairie surrounding the important prairie wetland habitats in the project area will provide nesting habitat for waterfowl and other species, and will minimize the influx of sediments, herbicides and pesticides into these wetlands.
MISSISSIPPI
Project: Mississippi Wetlands Conservation Initiative II.
Location: Adams, Bolivar, Tallahatchie, Washington and Yazoo counties.
Congressional District: 2 and 3.
Grantee:Ducks Unlimited, Inc.
Contact: Tim Willis, twillis@ducks.org
Partners: Wetlands America Trust; Cypress Brake Tree Farm; private individual; Audubon Society, Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks.
Approved: March 2014.
Grant: $999,830.
Matching Funds: $2,246,118.
Acres: 2,684.
Joint Venture: Lower Mississippi Valley.
Flyway: Mississippi.
BCR: 26-Mississippi Alluvial Valley.
The Mississippi Wetlands Conservation Initiative II represents the second phase of a series of projects designed to bring partners together to protect, restore and enhance wetlands in the Lower Mississippi Alluvial Valley, with a focus on public lands and strategic conservation easements on private lands.  Project activities will help mitigate habitat degradation and ensure the area continues to fulfill its historical role as one of the most important landscapes in North America for continental populations of waterfowl, wading birds, shorebirds and other wetland-dependent migratory birds.  Grant and match funds will be used to protect, restore and enhance 2,684 acres on 6 sites in 5 counties.
NEBRASKA
Project: Rainwater Basin Phase VII.
Location: 11 counties.
Congressional District: 1 and 3.
Grantee: Ducks Unlimited, Inc.; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Contact: Jonas Davis, jdavis@ducks.org.
Partners: Nebraska Environmental Trust; Rainwater Basin Joint Venture; Nebraska Game and Parks Commission; Little Blue Natural Resources District; Pheasants Forever/Quail Forever; Rainwater Basin Chapter Blake Johnson; Pheasants Forever Cornhusker Chapter.
Approved: March 2014.
Grant: $1,000,000.
Matching Funds: $2,066,348.
Acres: 6,071.
Joint Venture Region: Rainwater Basin.
Flyway: Central.
BCR: 19-Central Mixed Grass Prairie.
The Rainwater Basin provides migration habitat for over ten million waterfowl and other migratory birds each year. It is estimated that 50 percent of the continental Mallard population and 30 percent of the continental Northern Pintail population use Rainwater Basin habitats during spring migration.  Additionally, 90 percent of the mid-continent population of Greater White-fronted Geese depends on Rainwater Basin habitats.  This landscape is increasingly acknowledged as continentally important to other migratory birds, including shorebirds. This project will positively impact over 5,000 acres of the available 40,000 rainwater basins – about 13 percent of the landscape. Project activities include 5 acquisitions conserving 473 acres; enhancement of 5,210 acres, and restoration of 833 acres of valuable migratory bird habitat.
NEW MEXICO
Project: Rio Grande Corridor Phase II.
Location: Bernalillo, Sandoval and Socorro counties.
Congressional District: 1, 2 and 3.
Grantees: New Mexico Wildlife Federation.
Contact: Alan Hamilton, alan@nmwildlife.org
Partners: Bernalillo County; Albuquerque Metro Arroyo and Flood Control; The Trust for Public Land; New Mexico Department of Game and Fish; Ducks Unlimited, Inc.; private individuals; Rio Grande Agricultural Land Trust; Mountainview Neighborhood Association; South Valley Civitan; Friends of Valle de Oro NWR; New Mexico Community Foundation; Audubon New Mexico; Rio Grande Return; Amigos Bravos.
Approved: March 2014.
Grant: $1,000,000.
Matching Funds: $3,088,629.
Acres: 1,733.
Joint Venture Region: Intermountain West.
Flyway: Pacific.
BCR: 16-Southern Rockies-Colorado Plateau and 35-Chihuahuan Desert.
The Rio Grande Corridor-New Mexico supports over 200,000 waterfowl, 18,000 Greater Sandhill Cranes and tens of thousands of other migratory, wintering and nesting waterbirds and shorebirds. Grant and match funds will be used to protect, restore and enhance 1,733 acres of palustrine emergent wetlands, riparian floodplain and associated uplands on 5 sites along the Middle Rio Grande across 3 New Mexico counties.  Project work includes contributing to the fee acquisition of 570 acres for the Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge, acquisition of 5 conservation easements on 563 acres and enhancement of 600 acres of emergent and forested wetlands on the state-owned La Joya Waterfowl Management Area.
NORTH DAKOTA
Project: Chase Lake Area Wetland Project – XI.
Location: 11 counties.
Congressional District: 1.
Grantee: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Contact: Scott Collins, scott_collins@fws.gov.
Partners: North Dakota Game and Fish Department; Ducks Unlimited, Inc.; private individuals; North Dakota Natural Resources Trust.
Approved: March 2014.
Grant: $1,000,000.
Matching Funds: $1,318,230.
Acres: 43,785.
Joint Venture Region: Prairie Pothole.
Flyway: Central.
BCR: 11-Prairie Potholes.
This is the 11th phase of an ongoing effort to protect, restore and enhance wetland and grassland communities in the Chase Lake Prairie Project area, which encompasses more than 6.6 million acres and contains numerous productive and diverse wetland communities.  These wetlands are intricately linked together and historically provided nesting, brood rearing, loafing and foraging habitat for waterfowl, shorebirds, waterbirds and passerines.  The surrounding uplands contain some of the highest density of remaining grasslands, which provided nesting, brood-rearing and foraging habitats for waterfowl, shorebirds, raptors and grassland-associated passerines. Through this project, partners will protect wetlands-associated uplands to provide essential nesting habitat for waterfowl and other species, and minimize the influx of sediments and pesticides into these wetland basins.
SOUTH CAROLINA
Project: South Carolina Lowcountry Wetlands Initiative V.
Location: Berkeley, Charleston, Georgetown and Hampton counties.
Congressional District: 1, 2 and 6.
Grantees: Ducks Unlimited, Inc.
Contact: James Rader, jrader@ducks.org.
Partners: Wetlands America Trust; Yawkey Foundation; South Carolina Dept. of Natural Resources; Drayton Hall; SE Wildlife and Environment Education Association.
Approved: March 2014.
Grant: $1,000,000.
Matching Funds: $2,753,854.
Acres: 1,217.
Joint Venture Region: Atlantic Coast.
Flyway: Atlantic.
BCR: 27-Southeastern Coastal Plain.
Enhancing large, undeveloped, privately owned upland and wetland ecosystems that will be achieved through this project will benefit waterfowl, wading birds, shorebirds, songbirds and other native species, and preserve the natural landscapes and outdoor heritage that is part of the Lowcountry of South Carolina.  This project will enhance a total 1,749 acres of diverse habitat, including wetlands and associated uplands.  Enhanced areas will provide increased foraging capacity and important habitat for breeding, migrating and roosting habitat for waterfowl and other wetland-dependent migratory birds.
Project: South Carolina Wetlands Landscape Initiative II..
Location: Colleton and Georgetown counties.
Congressional District: 1 and 6.
Grantees: Ducks Unlimited, Inc.
Contact: James Rader, jrader@ducks.org.
Partners: Ashepoo and Fenwick Plantation; Scott Woodlands, LLC; South Carolina Conservation Bank; South Carolina Department of Natural Resources; Wetlands America Trust; Whitehouse Plantation; Yawkey Foundation.
Approved: March 2014.
Grant: $1,000,000.
Matching Funds: $2,000,416.
Acres: 3,720.
Joint Venture Region: Atlantic Coast.
Flyway: Atlantic.
BCR: 27-Southeastern Coastal Plain.
This project brings together 11 public and private partners to accomplish wetlands protection and enhancement in support of Atlantic Coast Joint Venture goals and objectives.  Grant, match and federal non-match funds will be used to protect and enhance 3,720 acres of wetlands and associated uplands on four tracts within the ACE Basin and Santee River focus areas.  Enhancement projects on 2 private tracts and 1 state wildlife management area will improve water management capabilities.  The project also includes acquisition of a conservation easement permanently protecting a contiguous forested wetland/forested upland block near the Edisto River.
SOUTH DAKOTA
Project: James River Lowlands/Missouri Coteau Project – Phase VI.
Location: 27 countiess.
Congressional District: 1.
Grantee: Ducks Unlimited, Inc.
Contact: Randy Renner, rrenner@ducks.org.
Partners: SD Game Fish and Parks; private landowner.
Approved: March 2014.
Grant: $1,500,000.
Matching Funds: $ 1,509,797.
Acres: 5,871.
Joint Venture Region: Prairie Pothole.
Flyway: Central.
BCR: 11-Prairie Potholes.
In this sixth phase of the Missouri Coteau and James River Lowlands Prairie Pothole Joint Venter project, partners will use grant and matching funds to acquire easements on 6,243 acres of grassland and wetland habitat.  The easements will become part of the National Wildlife Refuge System under the Small Wetlands Acquisition Program.  Waterfowl, particularly Northern Pintails, will benefit, but numerous species of shorebirds, wading birds, marsh birds and other wetland-dependent wildlife, grassland songbirds and other grassland-dependent wildlife will also benefit. Valuable breeding, migration and, for some resident species, wintering habitat will be protected.  Ancillary benefits include flood control, water quality maintenance, erosion control, tourism, economic diversity, carbon sequestration, greenhouse gas reduction, infrastructure protection and historical preservation.
TEXAS
Project: Gordy Marsh Land Acquisition Project.
Location: Chambers County.
Congressional District: 36.
Grantee: Galveston Bay Foundation.
Contact: Matt Singer, msinger@galvbay.org
Partners: NRG Energy, Inc.; Houston Audubon Society; Moore-Odom Wildlife Foundation MCP; private individual.
Approved: March 2014.
Grant: $565,000.
Matching Funds: $1,136,000.
Acres: 1,936.
Joint Venture: Gulf Coast.
Flyway: Mississippi.
BCR: 37-Gulf Coastal Prairie.
This project will permanently protect approximately 1,936 acres of valuable coastal, estuarine wetlands with associated uplands, freshwater ponds and wetlands within the Chenier Plain of Texas and on Trinity Bay in the Galveston Bay system.  Of the approximately 1,936 acres to be purchased through fee title, 687 acres are within the acquisition boundary of the Moody National Wildlife Refuge.  This project will extend the band of protected Chenier Plain coastal resources critical to waterfowl and other wetlands-associated migratory birds and provide habitat for priority waterfowl species.
WASHINGTON
Project: Central Puget Lowlands Project.
Location: King, Pierce and Snohomish counties.
Congressional District: 1, 7, 8, 9 and 10.
Grantee: Ducks Unlimited, Inc..
Contact: Curt Mykut, cmykut@ducks.org
Partners: King County Dept. of Natural Resources and Parks-Water and Land Resour Div. & Parks and Rec. Div.; Vashon-Maury Island Land Trust; Wild Fish Conservancy; King County Dept. of Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife; King Conservation District; Sound Salmon Solutions; Middle Green River Coalition; Anderson Island Parks and Recreation District; Duck Haven Farms, LLC.
Approved: March 2014.
Grant: $1,000,000.
Matching Funds: $2,327,401.
Acres: 517.
Joint Venture Region: Pacific Coast.
Flyway: Pacific.
BCR: 5-Northern Pacific Rainforest.
The Central Puget Lowlands Project is an ongoing collaboration to conserve wetland habitats in the Puget Sound region, with an emphasis on protecting and restoring floodplain wetlands. The region contains some of the most diverse and biologically significant wetland complexes in the United States. Project partners will acquire an estimated 166 acres of wetlands and associated uplands in fee title and conservation easement, restore an estimated 339 acres of wetlands and associated uplands, and enhance an estimated 12 acres of wetlands in the Puget Sound region. Restoration activities will result in self-sustaining, resilient habitats that will provide long term benefits to over 150 bird species, other wildlife and fish. Public access on some project tracts will allow environmental education and research, hiking, bird watching, wildlife photography, hunting, and other recreation.
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